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UNDP HIV and Development Project, South and Southwest Asia
Snapshots of GIPA: the Greater Involvement of People Living With HIV/AIDS in South Asia: An Interim Report
UNDP, 2003, 24 pp
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"The UNDP HIV and Development in South and Southwest Asia works in partnership with Governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies and organisations of civil society to support national and regional initiatives addressing the development causes and consequences of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in nine participating countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The UNDP HIV-SSWA Project has initiated a Small Grants Project, which aims to enable meaningful participation and Greater Involvement of People living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) in response to HIV/AIDS in South Asia. The GIPA Project is being implemented by Sahara, New Delhi, which has been working towards improving the quality of lives of drug users for over 22 years and those of HIV positive people from the initial phase of the epidemic in India. The first phase of the GIPA project consisted of carrying out a stocktaking exercise on the existing situations and experiences of the PLWHA groups and networks in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, to determine the extent to which GIPA principles are applied. The content of this interim report summarises the outcomes of this rapid stocktaking exercise, carried out during summer 2001. This report gives snapshots of the status of GIPA in this region based on the real experience of HIV positive people. Leading networks and frontline organisations working with PLWHA were identified through this study and invited to participate in the second part of the project. Where such organisations or networks were not present, the most active individual PLWHA and activists were identified and invited."

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